BY ALEXANDER RAKE
A little reminder to not worry about what the sheep are thinking.
▪︎ Exclusive to Nine By Nine
▪︎ Only 50 limited edition prints per size
▪︎ High quality A2 or A3 archival Giclée print
▪︎ 210gsm Hahnemühle matt-coated paper
▪︎ Includes signed certificate of authenticity
Free UK delivery / Worldwide shipping available
▪︎ 3-5 working days for prints
▪︎ 5-8 working days for print + frame
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All of our prints are produced using an archival Giclée method on 210gsm Hahnemühle matt paper.
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I'm Alex, a freelance illustrator recently graduated from Falmouth University, and a printmaker with a passion for bold, fresh, exciting pieces. Lino fell into my lap almost by accident, and yet it’s stuck with me and become my conceptual anchor. It’s so versatile - I think the hand cut element brings you incredibly close to the art you’re making, and also provides a sense of rawness and authenticity that can be hard to replicate. My favourite things to do are portraiture, often of pop culture icons that inspire me, and typography – I’ve cultivated my own style which, to me, captures the excitingly imperfect nature of print making. My art doesn’t necessarily have an overarching narrative, but since I first picked up my lino tools, I’ve learned to trust in my own vision and for now, I’m seeing where that will take me.
Tell us a fun fact about you I'm 6'4" and I walk into things ALL the time.
Top three clients you've worked with? Hallmark, Headcase Barbers and Nine by Nine
How did you get into illustration? I was introduced to the idea of Illustration as an option by my A Level fine art teacher and after going for an open day at Falmouth Uni I was hooked!
What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? I use both! I will hand cut my lino because I think there is no substitute for the quality of line you get but I will then scan and add colour and few other final details digitally.
Who or what inspires you the most? I take inspiration from so much stuff around me; things that interest me like film and music, but also from literature and even sport.
What's your favourite website for inspiration? I love browsing Instagram for inspiration but also the the Little White Lies website is amazing, an amazing publication as well.
What would your dream project be? My dream project would probably be to work on a bespoke portrait of one of my idols, or potentially to create album artwork for a favourite band of mine.
What does a typical day look like for you? I like to do a lot of self initiated projects to keep my style fresh and current; some I'll sell as limited edition prints, so I'll get in the studio early, plan a piece and print it. I like to have a quick turnaround on my work so I can stay on top of things and keep momentum going!
What do you do when you have a creative block? I have a set of prompts above my desk to help me create organic ideas when I'm in a creative rut. Sometimes a word or an idea can spark a really good thought process. But there's no point in forcing it, sometimes you've just got to watch a movie or browse Instagram and refresh.
Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance? I think it's really important to develop your own style and explore ideas and concepts within that niche; you should be doing all you can to make a distinctive visual identity, unique from other artists. Once you've carved out that identity, you need too work at it until you're producing pieces to the best of your ability. Then work will naturally find you that's appropriate and suited to your style.
How can fans keep up-to-date with your work? Instagram
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